Imagine a device that could fit in the palm of your hand that allowed you to stream content, play light games, and check your social media or email on any HDMI television. That would be pretty convenient, wouldn’t it? Welcome to the new Intel®-based compute stick.
Get More Out of Your TV
From living rooms to hotel rooms, big screen HDTVs are practically everywhere. But what if your television could do more? With a new compute stick—featuring an Intel® processor, built-in Windows 10 OS, on-board storage, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, you can stream content, access rich media, play light games, and even check your favorite social media sites on the biggest screen in the house. Picture richer experiences and limitless entertainment options as an extension of your regular TV, which also lets you stay connected to the rest of the world.
“With the compute stick, there are virtually no limits to what you can get on your TV as far as the type of entertainment you want to access,” said Xavier Lauwaert, category manager at Intel Client Computing Group. “It’s one of the rare devices that enables you to easily connect online and start watching your favorite movies or soap operas, anywhere in the world, from the comfort of your couch or your hotel room.”
Given its size, you can also take your personal content with you and safely store your personal files locally with built-in storage and a Micro SD slot so always-on Internet is not required to enjoy your content.
“I like to say a Compute stick gives your TV a college degree and your smart TV a PhD. As long as it has a website, you can access almost anything, anywhere,” Lauwaert adds.
Enrich Streaming and Gaming
The compute stick lets you access the full universe of streaming entertainment services that you can watch on any web browser. Fans of Netflix or YouTube can live stream movies, music, or video. That’s pretty useful if you’re on the road and need to catch up on the latest zombie apocalypse drama or have free time at home to binge watch an entire season.
“As a Windows device, you can even access premium content through iTunes,” adds Lauwaert. “It’s the only non-iOS device that enables access to that type of content on something that’s smaller than the size of your palm.”
For light gamers, the compute stick connects easily to the Windows Store, which boasts a pretty exhaustive library of Windows 10 titles such as Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta, Age of Empires: Castle Siege and Angry Birds. More and more titles are added to the store every day, so now, consumers can enjoy light gaming in any room of the house and rack up those Xbox Achievements along the way.
“Windows 10 includes a dedicated Xbox app, which is the gateway to the Xbox Live ecosystem,” Lauwaert said. “Whether you own an Xbox One or not, the app provides a tool to connect gamers and sharing content through the compute stick. For example, gamers can also record and clip their most epic gaming moments with built-in Game DVR and then share them with their Xbox Live friends.”
Stream content, check email, browse the web, and stay connected on social media—all at the same time and on the same huge HDTV screen. The Intel®-based compute stick with Windows 10 includes a feature to split your TV screen or monitor so you can multitask to your heart’s content.
“One of the cool things about Windows 10 is the updated Snap Assist feature,” adds Lauwaert. “You can snap a window and resize it to two-thirds of your TV screen for the content you’re watching, and then snap a second window to automatically fill in the available space for your social media profiles.”
“For example, anyone can watch the national basketball tournament on one side, and on the other side, you’ve got your Twitter feed so you can follow the online conversation about the game.”
If you’re ready to get more out of your HDTV, download this handy Flash Card to learn more.